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The art of carving and sculpting, using a wide variety of materials ranging from wood to bone and ivory, has always been an important part of the Indonesian artistic heritage. This art, too, may have its origins in the ancient religious beliefs of the people. Ancestrl and guardian statues are still erected to this day in some remote parts of the archipelago

Today, important centers of the wood carver’s art typically follow traditional patterns for the ornamentation of homes; furniture and other objects. Bali’s carvings and sculpture often display the great innovative and creative spirit of the people.


Less well known but certainly not inferior are the carvings of Sumatera Barat, the Toraja and the of other regions outside Java. West Papua’s "primitive" Asmat art is famous the world over